By Francis Wakefield
Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina assumed command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Command (AFP-WestCom) during the traditional Change of Command Ceremony held at the Lawak Gymnasium, Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City, on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
The activity was presided by no less than AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin P. Madrigal, Jr.
Madrigal gave recognition to Commodore Dorvin Jose L. Legaspi, who served as the acting commander of WestCom for almost three months of securing and sustaining peace in the province and in the West Philippine Sea.
He also expressed his confidence in the commitment, passion, and dedication of the new commander, Vice Admiral Medina to bring the Command to new pinnacles of excellence.
Medina, the 32nd Commander of Western Command, is a member Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.
Before taking his post in WestCom, he also served as the Commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) which he will turn over to his successor.
The NFWM is the largest naval operating force of the Philippine Navy and the recipient of the prestigious award as Naval Operating Forces of the Year 2018 while Medina is a commander.
Medina held senior positions in Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) for a year. He has also commanded the Sealift Amphibious Force (SAF) of the Philippine Fleet.
In his almost 33 years in service, he is honored to join the great lineage of WestCom Commanders who defeated threats, set as an example to uniformed men and women of Team WestCom and secured the province to peaceful and progressive development for more than four decades now.
Medina thanked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the AFP leadership for the trust and confidence in appointing him as new WestCom Commander.